She arrived on the Feast Day of Ste Anne when the faithful were pouring into town, and there, inspiration struck.
Her new book, Miracleville, is the result.
It's the story of a 16-year-old girl who works at the family business, Saintly Souvenirs, and who tries to be good.
Monique Polak is an author for young adults as well as an English and Humanities teacher at Marianopolos College in Montreal and a freelance journalist. (As you'll hear, she also happens to collect Catholic souvenirs - though she's not Catholic....)